About the Conservative Institute

The Institute is a media organization dedicated to a blunt, comprehensive defense of Western civilization from all enemies.

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The Conservative Institute is a project of Shaun Connell and is part of The Strong Society’s network of projects to defend the basic institutions of Western civilization.

The organization was founded in April of 2017 to supply a severe demand in the political publishing world: premium news and analysis from a conservative worldview.

In a world of endless propaganda, misleading headlines, and shallow content, finding quality news sources is nearly impossible. This problem is especially severe for readers of the conservative persuasion.

CI prides itself in being fundamentally different in tone and substance from most political websites by providing high-quality research, sober-minded rhetoric, and principled defenses of conservatism with daily content both on the ConservativeInstitute.org website and our email newsletter.

Our Leadership Staff

The staff of Conservative Institute is comprised of experienced political publishers, writers, and marketers.

Founder and CEO: Shaun Connell

Chief Technology/Marketing Officer: Marshall Sherman

Managing Editor: William Hoel

Associate Editor: Abigail Costa

Our Purpose

There are countless websites that provide oversimplified headlines to get emotional reactions from readers. CI exists to take news and political content to the next level: to help organize the headlines in a comprehensive, well-researched, balanced worldview based on the principles of conservatism.

This means publishing long-form policy analysis articles, book reviews, movie reviews, and looking past populist reactionary content in order to craft premium conservative content.

Conservative institutions are under attack in most colleges, churches, and homes. We aim to defend those institutions.

Our Approach

One of the biggest problems in political activism is that a feedback loop exists between media organizations and the “base” of activists that make up the foundational readers. Because the readers want to read content that says a certain thing, the media organizations only say simplified versions of that certain thing – and a blind feedback loop is created.

CI is different. We believe in focusing on content distribution that is less short-term oriented and allows us to say what needs to be said regardless of who is offended – even if that means sometimes disagreeing with the base or Republican leadership.

Our Beliefs

The fundamental value of CI is an open discussion. In other words, our goal is to help ensure that the political conversation in America isn’t lopsided towards the politically correct or mindless populism. Right now, nearly all content created falls under those two categories.

Our political values can be summarized as the pillar principles of a strong society, which is explained in our parent organization The Strong Society. We believe in natural morality, slow and gradual conservative reform, maximizing prosperity, never compromising on security, and pursuing individual justice in every area of life.


Shaun Connell

Shaun Connell is the founder of both the Conservative Institute and the Strong Society.